All posts by Jen Thorpe

Q.E.D. Studios Can Help You Record Your Podcast



Q.E.D. Studios is a performance space and a creative learning spot, first and foremost. They are a rehearsal, podcast studio, and co-working space by day, and a fun after-work hang out for shows and events by night. Q.E.D. Studios can help you record your podcast.

Q.E.D. Is proud to offer the ability to affordably record your podcast or voiceover work from our brand new studio! Our basement studio is equipped to record four people at a time, with the option to patch in sound from your laptop, iPhone, iPad, etc.

Their audio interface allows you to record each vocal onto its own track, so you can easily adjust the volume and EQ in post. Q.E.D. Studios will assist you in starting and wrapping up your session. If you aren’t tech-savvy, they also offer the option to have a dedicated technician on hand during recording who will mix and send you a completed track following your session.

The rate to reserve a tech is $20/session. A technician will use Q.E.D Studio’s MacBook Pro to record your session and remain in the studio with you throughout your recording. A mixed waveform will be emailed to you following your session.

Payment for single sessions must be made at the conclusion of your session. Payment for 4-pack sessions must be made at the time of booking to receive a 25% discount.

Equipment List:
(1) Focusrite Scarlet 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with four XLR inputs, four line inputs with multitracking capabilities
(4) Adjustable Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stands with pop filters and adjustable phone holders (so you can Facebook Live your session).
(4) Tascam TH-02 Closed Black Studio Headphones with adjustable volume for each pair via four-channel headphone splitter amp
(4) Samson R21S Dynamic Microphones
(2) M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Professional Reference Speakers

Q.E.D. Studios is located in Astoria, New York. Please visit their website for more information about session lengths and prices.


Vox Media is Hiring for their Daily News Explainer Podcast



Vox Media currently has four weekly podcastsThe Weeds, The Ezra Klein Show, I Think You’re Interesting, and Worldly. Now, Vox Media is preparing to create its first daily podcast, called Daily News Explainer Podcast. Those interested need to get their applications to Vox before the end of September 13, 2017.

Vox Media is seeking a host for the Daily News Explainer Podcast. Among many other criteria, it is expected that the host will be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C.

As we envision it, the host of this show will be the audience’s guide and champion – asking the questions they would ask, having the conversations they want to have, channeling the curiosity they feel. You are their smart, enthusiastic, skeptical friend – not their boring professor. To that end, we are relying on the host to have a strong point of view on the world, to see unusual angles and interesting stories everywhere, and to be genuinely, joyously, interested in pretty much everything.

Vox Media is also seeking an executive producer for the Daily News Explainer Podcast. Among many other criteria, it is expected that the executive producer will be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C.

In this role, you’ll help conceptualize the format, structure, and sound of the show as we gear up for launch. Once the show is up and running, you’ll supervise the staff and lead daily production (Monday through Friday.) You’ll work closely with the host on the editorial agenda, set assignments and deadlines, edit stories and segments, ensure the show’s quality and oversee daily publishing.

Those who are interested in applying for either of those positions need to move fast. The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Please visit the job ads for more information about what each position requires, as well as how to apply.


SoundCloud Secured Investment Led by The Raine Group and Temasek



SoundCloud LogoLast month, it looked like SoundCloud was about to shut down. Not long after that news spread, SoundCloud announced that it had secured a significant investment led by The Raine Group and Temasek. Today, about a month after the initial panic over SoundCloud’s potential shut down – it is clear that SoundCloud is still here.

SoundCloud announced on August 11, 2017, that it reached an agreement on a significant investment from global merchant bank The Raine Group and Singapore-headquartered investment company Temasek.

In connection with the investment, veteran digital media operators Kerry Trainor and Michael Weissman will join the SoundCloud team respectively as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

The investment will ensure a strong, independent future for SoundCloud, funding deeper development and marketing of its core tools used by millions of audio creators – musicians, DJs, producers, labels, managers and podcasters – that fuel SoundCloud’s one-of-a-kind, creator-driven listener experience.

The investment and leadership plan was developed in close partnership with SoundCloud founders Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, who will both remain with the company. Alexander Ljung as Chairman of the Board, and Eric Wahlforss as Chief Product Officer.

In addition to the role of Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Trainor will also join SoundCloud’s Board of Directors. Michael Weissman, who worked closely with Kerry Trainor at Vimeo, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer at SoundCloud.


The National Podcast Power Conference



The National Podcast Power Conference is presented by The Full Circle podcast show (which is a division of Perfectly Sane Productions). It will take place in Perrysburg, Ohio. At the time I am writing this, there are still some tickets available.

The National Podcast Power Conference will happen on September 23, 2017, in Perrysburg, Ohio. It is an event where podcasters can connect and learn from each other. The National Podcast Power Conference includes podcasters from around the world, a free lunch, vendor tables, and a free music concert.

Hosts and Coordinators:

  • Darryl E. McCullough – co-creator and host of the Full Circle podcast show
  • Carmen Miller – co-host of the Full Circle podcast show
  • Erika D. White – reoccurring co-host of the Full Circle podcast show
  • Danny Woodstock – Host of Toledo Matters podcast and The 419 Podcast.

Speakers Include:

  • Dave Jackson – Keynote Speaker – host of the School of Podcasting
  • Michael Dean – host of The Prince Podcast and The Michael Dean Show
  • Rashone Bryant – creator and host of The Sneaker Box podcast
  • David Phillips – co-creator and host of IT in the D
  • Bob Waltenspiel – co-creator and host of IT in the D
  • Brittany Gibbons – host of the Girl’s Girls Podcast
  • Antoine Spann – creator and host of The Spann Report
  • Meredith Soleau – host of the Girl’s Girls Podcast
  • Calvin Moore – creator of Leading Questions With Calvin Moore podcast

It should be noted that speakers are subject to change prior to the conference. The National Podcast Power Conference has very limited seating (only 100 seats). You can purchase a ticket through their website.


Attend the Podcast It Yourself (PIY) Workshop



Those of you who use the Meetup website (or app) might be able to attend an upcoming Podcast It Yourself (PIY) Workshop. It will take place on October 28, 2017, and the location will be shown to people who are members.

The Podcast It Yourself (PIY) Workshop is organized by Chuck Tomasi. At the time I am writing this, five people have indicated that they are going to the workshop. RSVPs will close on October 21.

If you’ve ever thought about starting a podcast (personally or professionally) you MUST attend this event. You’ll get the best information from experienced and respected leaders. Brought to you by Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi – Authors of Podcasting for Dummies, the #1 name in podcasting publications, this event is sure to help you get started.

The 3rd Edition of Podcasting for Dummies is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. In the book, Chuck Tomasi and Tee Morris share insight on the technology behind recording, editing, and sharing podcasts, along with tips and tricks on how to produce a pro-level podcast.

The Podcast It Yourself (PIY) Workshop will have three tracks of information with three sessions each on best practices, hardware, and software. The workshop also includes a special keynote speaker, book signing opportunity from both authors, and cool prize giveaways that podcasters are sure to love.

It appears that you need to sign up with Meetup if you want to find out more about the Podcast It Yourself (PIY) Workshop. Meetup brings people together to explore, teach, and learn the things that help them come alive.


London Podcast Festival to Hold Podcast Maker Weekend



London Podcast Festival returns for its second year with a line-up that includes familiar faces and new additions. They have announced a Podcast Maker Weekend as part of the London Podcast Festival.

The Podcast Maker Weekend is a series of workshops and discussions targeted at podcast makers. Sessions will cover everything from Entertainment Podcasts, led by the Picturehouse Podcast and Flixwatcher teams, to Networks and Unheard Talent with Julie Shapiro (producer of Radiotopia) and Imriel Morgan (CEO of ShoutOut Network).

London Podcast Festival will take place on September 13-17, 2017. The Podcast Maker Weekend will run on September 16-17, 2017. Here is a look at some of the Sessions that are part of the Podcast Maker Weekend:

  • Recording 101: Getting Started with Microphones

Aimed at the beginning and intermediate podcasters, this session will cover the basics of recording, and what microphones to use for different podcasting and recording sessions.

  • Strange & Charmed presents: How to Make Your Listener Levitate

Cathy FitzGerald knows how she hooks her listeners: head, heart, guts, and soul. In this session, she offers practical tips on creating an intense tangible world through scripting, structure and surprise.

  • Editing and Post Production

Prix Europa Nominee Andy Goddard (Wooden Overcoats, Inside Donald Trump) will be giving an introductory workshop on the elusive art of editing.

  • Networks and Representation Plus Pitch-a-Thon

A panel of guests from three of the most exciting networks in podcasting in the UK and US (ShoutOut, Maximum Fun, and Radiotopia) talk about building their networks, nurturing new talent, and giving platforms to voices under-represented in mainstream media – followed by the opportunity to pitch your show idea to the panel and receive feedback from three experienced network and show-runners.

Visit the Podcast Maker Weekend website for full details about all of the sessions that will take place that weekend.


NPR is Hiring a Producer for Planet Money



NPR, a thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization that produces award-winning news, information and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public raido stations across the nation, is looking for a producer for their Planet Money podcast. Full details can be found at NPR Jobs.

Planet Money is a tight-knit, highly collaborative team producing one of the best and most popular podcasts around. We tell audio and web stories that explain complicated topics – in fun, creative ways. We’re expanding and trying some new things.

NPR is looking for a producer “who can do it all”: book big name and no name guests alike, mix a podcast fast, pitch smart angles nobody else has thought of, and hone in on the best fact hiding in an NBER working paper. They want someone who naturally enjoys thinking and talking about economics and business, and who has ambitious ideas for stories (and needs somewhere to try them).

Some responsibilities include:

  • Find and produce original story ideas on a tight deadline
  • Suggest and book guests for Hosts/Reporters to interview
  • Prepare questions and approaches to interviews, maybe do them yourself
  • Report stories for publication on podcast, web and broadcast
  • Mix podcast episodes using digital audio editing software
  • Write web and social media posts
  • Reply to listener questions and social media comments
  • Think strategically about audience development and execute the strategy down to the smallest detail

Some requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least 4 years of production experience
  • Audio editing experience in Pro Tools or equivalent program
  • Ability and willingness to relocate
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts

HowStuffWorks Secures $15 Million Series A Investment



HowStuffWorks is the largest for-profit podcasting company in the world. It has several podcasts on iTunes that total more than 35 million downloads a month.  You may have heard of Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class. HowStuffWorks announced that it raised a $15 million Series A growth equity round led by global merchant bank The Raine Group.

Last year, Blucora (who bought HowStuffWorks from Discovery in 2014) sold it to System 1. The $15 Million Series A investment means that HowStuffWorks can spin out from System 1 and become a private entity.

The investment secures an independent future for HowStuffWorks and gives it the capital resources to build upon its proven ability to create premium, evergreen content across podcasting and other mediums.

During the next year, HowStuffWorks will invest heavily into the podcasting medium, with a sharp focus on bringing in fresh global talent, adding new genres with deep IP potential, and pioneering new technology to further develop the podcast industry. As HowStuffWorks expands its podcasting slate across History, Science, Lifestyle, Comedy, and new verticals, the platform will retain loyal to its core as an authentic storyteller for the curious.

Conal Byrne, who was a general manager at HowStuffWorks for seven years before taking an executive role at Discovery, is returning to HowStuffWorks as president. He says HowStuffWorks is now focused on podcasting. The company intends to add another 15 to 20 podcasts in the next year.


AudioBoom is Adding a Subscription Fee



AudioBoom announced that can no longer provide accounts for free. Current users who have been enjoying ad-free channels at no cost will be asked to pay a $9.99 monthly subscription fee starting October 2, 2017.

It is time for podcasters who have audio on audioBoom to make some decisions.  Stay with it and pay a subscription fee?  Or move your audio elsewhere.

The new subscription includes:

  • Publish up to 5 episodes per month
  • Up to 10,000 plays per month per episode
  • RSS feed compatible for distribution via podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, GooglePlay and Stitcher, TuneIn, etc.
  • Advanced analytics
  • Embeddable Players for your website and social media integration

Those who want to add additional podcasts can visit their audioBoom dashboard and follow the instructions to purchase subscriptions for additional podcasts at $9.99 per month each.

What happens if you exceed 10K plays per month? “Your account will continue to work as normal, though audioBoom reserves the right to move you to a bespoke subscription plan or a free, advertising supported, account by a certain date.” If you decline to take up that offer, your account will become private and you will no longer be able to upload new content.

However, your RSS feed and web embeds will continue to work for a period of 1 month, and after 36 months, your account will be deleted (including your old podcasts and your RSS feeds). AudioBoom recommends that you arrange for the redirection of your RSS feeds, download your old podcasts and back them up elsewhere, before that period expires. You can contact audioBoom support for help in redirecting your RSS feeds to any new podcast provider.

What if you don’t want to pay for a new subscription and instead choose to do nothing? In that situation, audioBoom states “If you take no action, then after 2nd October 2017, you will no longer be able to upload new content and your account will become private.”

AudioBoom will enable distribution of your existing content for one month so that all your RSS feeds and web embed continue to work for that period. After 36 months from August 30, 2017, your account will be deleted (including your old podcasts and your RSS feeds).

The changes audioBoom made to their Terms have already gone into effect (on August 30, 2017). Some of the changes include information regarding their subscription fee.

Their Content Policy now states: “We value your voice, but we also need to restrain any abuses that could threaten our ability to provide our services and the freedom of expression it encourages.” All podcasts that you upload to audioBoom must comply with the Content Policy.

If you currently have an audioBoom account, more details about the new changes will appear immediately after you log in. As for me, I chose to delete my audioBoom account (after downloading the few pieces of audio I put there) because I haven’t used the service since 2010. Those who are very active on audioBoom have a choice to make: pay for a subscription, or move your audio elsewhere before October 2, 2017.